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Stewart 'Biography' Well-Rounded, Says Reviewer

By Michelle
April 29, 2003 - 10:20 PM

The A&E episode of Biography airing tonight, which focuses on Patrick Stewart, "generally avoids the kind of fanzine gushing that afflicts so many of these clips-and-comments video scrapbooks", according to one review.

"Stewart, who is interviewed, is refreshingly candid," says William John Ecklund in TV Guide. "He reflects on his naivete during his first marriage and fatherhood and says that he was so deeply involved in his work that he saw little else as significant."

Ecklund praised the well-rounded portrait of Stewart, noting that the documentary effectively demonstrates Stewart's willingness to take risks and his involvement in politics. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, he noted, "all but swoons when talking about Stewart".

Star Trek executive producer Rick Berman, however, says he suspected that Gene Roddenberry didn't want Stewart initially because the actor was in his mid-40s, bald and British.

The Biography episode airs tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The full TV Guide review can be found here.

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